Quarterly report January – March 2020
Redwood Pharma AB (publ.)
REDWOODPHARMA.SE, Spotlight Stock Market ticker: REDW
1 January – 31 March 2020
- Net revenue for the period was SEK 0 (0).
- Operating loss for the period amounted to SEK -4,432M (-3,296).
- Loss per share for the period was SEK -0,30 (-0,26).
Important events during the period
- Redwood Pharma announced that RP101 shows significant improvements in objective and subjective of efficacy and safety in Phase II trials in post-menopausal women with moderate to severe chronic dry eye problems
- The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) issued preliminary approval to grant a new patent in the portfolio licensed to Redwood Pharma from Broda International LLC.
- A new patent application was submitted for the use of IntelliGel for the treatment of Dry Eye Disease (DED).
There were no important events after the end of the period
Comments from the CEO
“RP101 was shown to increase tear fluid production by more than 150 percent”
We were pleased to start the new decade with the publication of successful results for the Phase II clinical trial of RP101, our candidate drug for the treatment of moderate-to-severe Dry Eye Disease (DED) in post-menopausal women. RP101 demonstrated safety and efficacy in both objective and subjective measures, providing ample support for continuation of our development effort for this important new therapeutic.
In the trial, RP101 was shown to increase tear fluid production by more than 150% and improvements were also demonstrated in the other objective parameters that were measured, as well as several of the subjective parameter measurements. Improvement was significant in a number of such parameters, including tearing eyes and foreign body sensation. These results build upon the data from Nascent Pharmaceuticals in two previous phase II trials in the US to confirm the efficacy of topically applied estrogen for the treatment of DED. RP101, which combines an estrogen analog with IntelliGel, a proprietary hydrogel carrier vehicle, is now poised for further development and eventual commercialization. Interestingly, IntelliGel itself also displayed significant positive effects on the signs and symptoms of DED. We are looking at whether IntelliGel could also be developed as a stand-alone product for milder forms of the disease and directed towards a broader population.
Redwood Pharma is well positioned today due to smart product development and the use of capital. With the right value creation activities, we have reached a point where the commercial potential of RP101 and the IntelliGel platform has been demonstrated.
The company feels fortunate to have completed and published successful topline RP101 Phase II results before the current COVID-19 pandemic gripped the world. Fortunately, we had finished our tests and published positive top-line Phase II results for RP101 before the current COVID-19 pandemic spread worldwide. With relatively minor exposure to current macroeconomic risks, Redwood’s leadership team, board of directors and transaction advisors can focus on advancing our RP101 clinical program and exploring all options to maximize its value.
Redwood Pharma’s achievements are based on well-functioning and dedicated teamwork. I would therefore like to pay special thanks to the company’s leadership team, our scientific and medical advisors, and our strategic service providers, all of whom have done a superb job.
CEO Redwood Pharma
Redwood Pharma and its market
Redwood Pharma AB develops ophthalmic drugs in areas where considerable medical demand exists. The company’s lead project is the development of a RP101, an active biological pharmaceutical for the treatment of moderate to severe chronic dryness of the eye in post-menopausal women. The drug uses the IntelliGel drug delivery platform that controls the release of active substances. By using IntelliGel, Redwood Pharma can also highly likely improve dosages of other established and new drugs. Redwood Pharma focuses on early-stage clinical development
RP101: Redwood Pharma’s product for dry eyes
The company is developing a topical eye therapy with a known biological substance that can help post-menopausal women who suffer from chronically dry eyes. Currently, no sufficiently reliable treatments exist for women with moderate to severe symptoms. The product under development will be the first to target the basic biological mechanism and thereby increase production of tear fluid. With the IntelliGel-formulation, it is anticipated that treatment can be reduced to once or twice a day and therefore be easier and more comfortable for patients to take.
The IntelliGel drug delivery platform
Redwood Pharma owns the global rights to the IntelliGel platform within ophthalmology. The platform is expected to make it possible to administer eye drops to treat dry eyes fewer times a day. IntelliGel is a so-called drug delivery platform that controls the release of a drug so that its effects are longer lasting. The hope is that the platform will also create additional business opportunities by enabling the reformulation and more efficient dosing of several ophthalmic drugs so taking them is experienced as being more comfortable by patients and improves patient safety.
Market for moderate to severe DED
The total global market for prescription drugs for DED is estimated at USD 3.1 billion.
There are several factors that lead us to believe that the DED market is set to grow. The main reasons are the lack of effective drugs that provide patients with effective relief from chronic dry eyes and an aging population in which chronic dry eye occurs more frequently. There are several types of chronic dry eye and a common medical solution for all types of these problems does not currently exist. There are several new products that are under development – with new approaches for different types of dry eye. However, these are directed at inflammation in the eye that can be a consequence of too little tear fluid. Product development is also expected to contribute to overall market growth.
The company’s core competence lies within pharmaceutical development and product formulation. To develop RP101 and other new ophthalmic drugs, the company uses its extensive network of experts in manufacturing, pre-clinical and clinical development as well as experts in ophthalmology, endocrinology, and women’s health.
The company aims to develop RP101 to the end of Phase II clinical trials, (Proof of Concept), after which the company will find a commercial partner to maximize the value of RP101.
Through business agreements with major pharmaceutical companies, the company will potentially receive payments for achieving milestones and future royalties. Such license agreements may mean that the company receives an initial payment upon signing an agreement and subsequently for achieved milestones such as completion of Phase III clinical trials, market authorizations and initial sales. However, Redwood Pharma is no stranger to other types of agreements to maximize the value of the company.
Revenues and expenses
The company did not generate any income between 1 January and 31 March 2020. Reported Other Operating Income refers to exchange rate gains. The company’s expenses have primarily been related to development, project-related and administrative costs.
Operating loss for the period 1 January – 31 March 2020 amounted to SEK -4,432M (-3,296).
Financial position and liquidity
The company’s cash and cash equivalents amounted to SEK 3,982M (6,505) on March 31, 2020. The equity/assets ratio was 76 (83)%. The company’s equity amounted to SEK 7,719M (10,608).
Cash flow from operating activities during the period was SEK -4,180M (-4,190).
During the period 1 January – 31 March 2020, the company did not invest in tangible or intangible fixed assets.
This year-end report has been prepared in line with the Annual Accounts Act (1995:1554) and Swedish Accounting Standards Board’s BFNAR 2012:1 guideline, Annual Accounts and Corporate Auditing (“K3”).
Risk and uncertainty
In connection with the listing of Redwood Pharma’s share, a detailed review was made of the risks associated with the company’s operations. No new risks have subsequently been identified. Risks and uncertainties are presented in the information memorandum that was prepared in connection with the listing and is available on Redwood Pharma’s website, www.redwoodpharma.se.
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Martin Vidaeus CEO on +46 (0) 70 232 29 29 or: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is information that Redwood Pharma AB is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU’s Market Abuse Regulation. This information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out above, on May 11, 2020.
This document is a translation of the original Swedish version. In the event of a conflict between the two, the Swedish version will take precedence.
About Redwood Pharma
Redwood Pharma develops ophthalmic products for unmet medical needs. The Company’s first project is the development of drug candidate RP101 with a known active substance against chronic dry eye in postmenopausal women who have moderate to severe symptoms. With the drug delivery platform IntelliGel the release of active substances is controlled. Through the use of IntelliGel, Redwood Pharma can also improve dosing of other established drugs. Redwood Pharma’s strength lies in formulation and early clinical development. Revenues will be generated through licensing agreements with pharmaceutical companies that have capabilities to manufacture and sell commercial products worldwide.
Redwood Pharma AB (publ.) is listed on Spotlight Stock Market (Ticker: REDW.ST, ISIN: SE008294789).
For more information visit: www.redwoodpharma.com